Alongside our learning plans for museum and gallery management, MMCs also experience the fundamental processes of archival work. After learning the difference in museum and archival collections, database software, Rules of Archival Descriptions, how archival sources are preserved, and importing our collection conservation knowledge, we have an understanding of what is it to be an archivist.
Below are mock-up documents of a short acquisition policy and archival user forms, where I used the National Gallery of Canada Archives as my ‘institution’.
Prior to the MMC program, I worked in an archival facility within the Local History department of Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library (BWGPL). I assisted many people locate information from our archival records on their families, properties, and local interests. Now located in BWGPL’s local history stacks, I also created a booklet on my own research into Bradford’s street name history, with a section on Veteran-honoured street names. I presented a talk on this research on Saturday, May 26th, 2018 (find link to Bradford Times article on the lecture here). This lecture took place during the monthly meetings of the Bradford West Gwillimbury Local History Association.